Private Household Cook  What They Do

Just the Facts


Prepares meals in private homes. Includes personal chefs.

This career is part of the Hospitality and Tourism cluster Restaurants and Food/Beverage Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Plans menus according to employers' needs and diet restrictions.
  • Stocks, organizes, and cleans kitchens and cooking utensils.
  • Cools, packages, labels, and freezes foods for later consumption and provides instructions for reheating.
  • Peels, washes, trims, and cooks vegetables and meats, and bakes breads and pastries.
  • Keeps records pertaining to menus, finances, and other business-related issues.
  • Prepares meals in private homes according to employers' recipes or tastes, handling all meals for the family and possibly for other household staff.
  • Shops for or orders food and kitchen supplies and equipment.
  • Specializes in preparing fancy dishes or food for special diets.
  • Directs the operation and organization of kitchens and all food-related activities, including the presentation and serving of food.
  • Creates and explores new cuisines.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Certified Personal Chef (CPC) --
  • Personal Chef --
  • Private Chef --